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Why Philly is struggling to offer more pre-K seats

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks

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​It’s a proven good investment, but Philadelphia is struggling to expand pre-kindergarten classrooms to meet demand.

City Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr says that with the current financial problems in the School District, her staff is doing its best to provide a pre-kindergarten education for all who want it. Shorr says that studies indicated that pre-K is cost-effective in the long run.

"Every dollar spent on pre-K returns up to $17 in later savings and benefits," Shorr said. "Pennsylvania school districts investing in pre-K could gain back as much as 78 percent of the pre-K investments in other education savings."

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